What’s on in September: East Lothian and the Borders

Posted by Lowlandlettings on 12 September 2015

Looking for things to do in September? Then you’re in luck, as I’ve been putting together all the best events for East Lothian and the Borders, on a monthly basis.

September is looking promising, so be sure to make a note in your calendars of the following:

East Lothian


(In date order)

Lammermuir Festival – Various venues (Friday, 11th September – Sunday, 20th September 2015)

If you love (and live) music, then this is a celebration you can’t afford to miss. With performances from Artists in Residence, the Michelangelo String Quartet, as well as festival favourites Steven Osborne and Tenebrae – and plenty more where that came from – this promises to be a fantastic event for any music lover.

Find out more of what’s on at Lammermuir Festival via the official website.

Super craft weekend – John Gray Centre, Haddington (Friday, 18th September – Monday, 21 September 2015)

This September holiday weekend has provided the perfect opportunity for kids (and grown-up kids) alike to partake in an EPIC superhero-themed crafting weekend! There will be plenty of superhero craft activities and stalls, as well as scavenger hunts!

Crafts will be on sale for £1 each. More information available here.

Edinburgh Open Doors Day – Various venues (Saturday, 26th September – Sunday, 27th September)

A wonderful opportunity to explore some of Edinburgh’s most interesting and significant buildings that aren’t usually open to the public – the best part? It’s absolutely free! Some of these buildings would normally charge an entry fee, whereas others are completely closed off apart from special occasions, so why not take advantage of this great offer and find out more about the great architecture and Edinburgh culture?

For more information, visit the official Cockburn Association website.

The Wheels and Wings Show – National Museum of Flight, East Fortune Airfield (10am – 5pm, Sunday, 27th September, 2015)

This fantastic event never fails to make an impact, so come along to the National Museum of Flight to witness some amazing aerial displays, put your mountain bike skills to the test, and meet some experts in the field of transport and engineering. There’s also a birds of prey show, which is particularly popular with the kids!

Prices are £11/9 for adults, £6 for children (under 5s go free), or you can pick up a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) for £29. Admission is free for National Museums of Scotland members.

To find out more, check out the National Museum of Flight.

Picturing Dunbar – Dunbar Town House Museum & Gallery (1pm – 5pm, throughout September)

It’s your last chance to check out Picturing Dunbar, featuring a special collection of artwork that has been running throughout the summer months. This wonderful display of pastels, watercolours, oil paintings and engravings tells the story of Dunbar’s intriguing history as a Royal Burgh, busy herring port and holiday hotspot.

This exhibition was kindly organised by East Lothian Council Museums Service, in conjunction with Dunbar and District History Society, and it’s well worth checking out.

More information on Dunbar Town House can be found here.

The Borders

(In date order)

Peebles Highland Games – Hay Lodge Park (11am – 5pm – Saturday, 5th September)

I love a good Highland Games show! This one has all the traditions, from a heavy events competition and pipe bands, to a tug ‘o’ war, whisky tasting, and haggis hurling. There will also be traditional Scottish food, a fairground, and a street parade – plus plenty more where that came from!

More information can be found on the official website.

Fungal Foray – Bowhill House & Country Estate (11am – 1pm, Sunday, 6th September)

It’s important to learn about our local nature and woodland ecosystem, and fungi are a huge part of that. The Bowhill Ranger is offering a fun trek through the forests along with beginner’s level insights into some of the fungi you’ll be seeing this season in Bowhill, including which are safe to eat and which to avoid.

Check out the Visit Scotland website for more of what to expect from Fungal Foray.

Scottish Borders Walking Festival – Various venues (Sunday, 6th September – Saturday, 12th September)


Are you more into footpaths than fungi? Do you fancy getting out there and seeing what natural beauty the Borders has to offer – whilst also getting some fresh air and exercise? Well, then this is the festival for you! A week of walking and social events in various locations throughout the Borders means it’s time to get those walking boots on!

More information can be found on the Visit Scotland website.

Borders Heritage Festival – Various venues (Saturday, 5th September – Wednesday, 30th September)

If you’re interested in local history, look no further than the upcoming Borders Heritage Festival, featuring 2,000 years of local history. The festival will be spread out across 20 different sites in the Borders, so it’s ideal for those who like a bit of a jaunt in the car.

Highlights include being able to walk like a Roman at Trimontium, an insight into life as a Medieval monk at Dryburgh Abbey, and the opportunity to make a 16th century spy map at Eyemouth Fort. There’s far too much to mention here, but rest assured there’s plenty of activities and events for all the family!

For more information and a full programme of events, visit the Scottish Borders Council website.

Tour of Britain – Floors Castle (Tuesday, 8th September)


Get along to Floors Castle on the 8th to see the conclusion of Stage Three of the Tour of Britain, featuring some of the world’s top riders.

This stage in the professional cycle race starts at Cockermouth, before crossing into Scotland via Gretna, and heading through Dumfries and Galloway before arriving at the Scottish Borders. If you’re in Hawick, Selkirk or Melrose, you’ll be able to see the competitors pass through before they finish up in the grounds of Floors Castle. Exciting, eh?

The race will resume a day later from Edinburgh, marking the tour’s first visit to the Scottish capital.

More information can be found on the Roxburghe Estates website.

Selkirk Vintage Rally – Sunderland House (10am – 5pm, Sunday, 20th September)

Sunderland House will feature a plethora of vintage vehicles, as well as fun for all the family! There will be pipe bands playing, a fairground and treasure hunt for the kids, and even a tug of war with a steam engine (sounds exciting!), along with food and drinks.

There will also be a craft stall and quad bikes, so you’ll be sure to find something to keep you occupied!

Visit the official website for more information.


September promises to be a great month events-wise in the Borders and East Lothian, so why not check out some of the fantastic events above? From vintage cars to violins, and fungi to festivals, you’ll be sure to find fun for all the family.

And don’t forget, if you’re looking for somewhere to stay for any of these fab events, I might have the perfect holiday let for you!

What are your plans for September?

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